Prayer vigil held today for fallen Brooklyn, Illinois police officer


BROOKLYN, Ill. – A prayer vigil will be held Wednesday, August 11 for a fallen Brooklyn, Illinois police officer.

Brian Pierce Jr. died on the McKinley Bridge on Wednesday, August 4. He was hit by a car at about 3:00 a.m. while he was trying to place spike strips down in order to end a police chase.

The vigil is at 10:30 a.m. at Civic Park on Niedringhaus Avenue in Granite City, Illinois.

Pierce’s visitation is on Friday. His funeral is on Saturday.

The driver who hit Officer Pierce is not in custody. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s office did charged 32-year-old Darrell Lane of St. Louis with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. He’s accused of running a roadblock while police were investigating the deadly crash.

Lane appears to be the same man who once stood trial in a Belleville triple murder case. He was 21 when he was acquitted of the murders of two sisters and their hairdresser at a Belleville beauty salon. The verdict came in 2011. The murders happened in 2005.

“God is good and we knew (acquittal) was coming,” Lane’s relatives told FOX 2 as Lane walked out of the St. Clair County Jail smiling after his acquittal. He’d been locked up for more than four years awaiting trial.

Authorities believe they now have the same man locked up in a St. Louis jail, awaiting extradition to Madison County, Illinois.

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